C. Boyden Gray
C. Boyden Gray (Clayland Boyden Gray), is a lawyer and lobbyist associated both with the conservative wing of the Republican Party in the USA, and with support of the tobacco industry. His family, for a couple of generations, have controlled the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. His legal training has gained him positions of trust and influence in the George HW Bush White House and priof to that he served as a legal aide to Ronald Reagan., And his general lobbying ability has been expressed both through think-tanks; Citizens for a Sound Economy and Citizens for a Sound Environment; Institutions like the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis; and through his own lobbying firm Boyden Gray & Associates in Washington.
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Gray has also been instrumental in funding and directing the development of the pseudo-scientific discipline of Risk Analysis (which is little more than cost-benefit analysis with the cloak of confused terminology). He was behind the creation of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis by John D Graham which, in turn. created a raft of Risk Analysis societies and institutes, all run by lobbyists for various industries. Backing for many of these activities appear to have come from the Koch Brothers who had funded Gray to create the federal legislation called the Comprehensive Regulatory Reform Act of 1995. This was an attempt to attack the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Justice Department which had filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit over oil spills at Koch-owned refineries.
Gray worked closely with the Koch's when he was on the board of Citizens for Sound Economy, which was founded in 1984 by Charles and David Koch.  and David Koch currently chairs the Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF). This was formerly known as the Citizens for a Sound Economy Educational Foundation, a prominent contributor to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which is, itself, largely funded by CKF and Koch Industries. 
- 1 Republican services and favors
- 2 Freedomworks
- 3 Political Contributions
- 4 Koch Connection
- 5 Lobbying against REACH
- 6 Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
- 7 Profiles
- 8 Affiliations
- 9 SourceWatch Resources
- 10 External Articles
- 11 References
Republican services and favors
In the District of Columbia, he is best known as a longtime DC lobbyist, a partner at Boyden Gray & Associates in Washington. He was also the former Ambassador to the European Union (2006-2007) and former Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Diplomacy (2008-2009). He also served as former Special Envoy for European Union Affairs (2008-2009) and as White House Counsel in the administration of President George H.W. Bush (1989-1993). 
He was nominated February 10, 2006, by President George W. Bush to be Representative of the United States of America to the EU, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Gray replaced Rockwell A. Schnabel, who resigned. Mr. Gray served as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels from 2006 to 2007.
Gray was last appointed January 17, 2006, to the same position by President Bush in a recess appointment. Previously, on July 25, 2005, Gray was nominated by President Bush to the same position. Gray's nomination was sent to the Senate July 25, 2005, and the status of his nomination remained pending.
Gray served as the Co-Chairman for Citizens for a Sound Economy which would later become Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity.  Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) was a powerful industry-funded think tank, promoting deregulation. It was founded by Koch Industries interests and continues to maintain strong links. In 2003, an internal rift between CSE and its affiliated Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation led to a split in which CSEF was renamed as a separate organization, called Americans For Prosperity. In July 2004, CSE announced it was merging with Empower America to create FreedomWorks.
Gray donated $50,000 to Our Destiny PAC, a multimillion-dollar super PAC supporting 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.  Gray directly donated $2,500 to Huntsman's campaign with another $2,500 from his family members.  Huntsman has since withdrawn from the race and endorsed Mitt Romney. 
Gray donated $25,000 to Scott Walker to fight an expected recall election in Wisconsin. Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, said Walker had raised more money from donors than any other candidate in state history. Walker raised an astounding $5,749,926.26 from out-of-state donors within five weeks. 
In 2011 Gray gave $7,400 (split between personal and family donation), to Boehner's Freedom Project, and $5,000 (split between a personal and family donation) directly to Boehner. 
In 1995 the Kochs hired Gray, who had been counsel to George H.W. Bush and had worked in the Ronald Reagan administration before that, to write federal legislation called the Comprehensive Regulatory Reform Act of 1995. This came after the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard and Janet Reno's Justice Department filed a $54 million lawsuit against the Kochs over oil spills at Koch-owned refineries.
Gray worked closely with the Koch's when he was on the board of Citizens for Sound Economy, which was founded in 1984 by Charles and David Koch.  David Koch currently chairs the Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF), formerly known as the Citizens for a Sound Economy Educational Foundation, a prominent ALEC-contributor, largely funded by CKF and Koch Industries. 
Lobbying against REACH
In June 2006, the Wall Street Journal reported that a bill before the European Union that would require "manufacturers to test industrial chemicals used in the manufacturing process to gather health and safety data" had prompted an international lobbying effort, led by the U.S., "to make the final measure more amenable to industry." The legislation, which is expected to be finalized by the end of 2006, is called REACH, for "Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals." 
Referring to REACH, Ambassador Gray told the American Chamber of Commerce in Brussels, "We should not regulate if there is no harm to address and there is no benefit of safety to confer." Gray also complained to the Wall Street Journal that European policymakers "never did a proper impact assessment to evaluate the risk-versus-benefit status of this legislation." 
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
The Harvard Group on Risk Management Reform (HGRMR)) was established in 1992. C. Boyden Gray, as Counsel in the Bush I Administration, began developing a presidential executive order (used to bypass Congress) to impose risk assessment requirements on the government regulatory agencies, thereby making it more difficult and costly to regulate against unsafe or environmentally unsound practices. He enlists John D. Graham as advisor. Action was defered until after the election campaign.
The Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA) was founded by John D. Graham in 1994 at request of Gray while Counsel to President to help developent of a new presidential order (in 1992), it aimed at bringing more scientific rigor and political accountability to the process of health, safety and environmental regulation.
With the assistance of Mr. Gray, HCRA received a grant from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to convene the group. The goal of the HCRA was to devise a concrete set of recommendations that Congress and the President might consider in their deliberations about regulatory reform. 
"In a lengthy profile of Gray in 1997, The New Republic magazine wrote "So many different money trails lead to, by and through Gray it is bewildering." There is Gray the lobbyist, Gray the lawyer, Gray the former White House Counsel, Gray the chairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), Gray the head of the Alliance for Reasonable Regulation, Gray the co-chair of the Air Quality Standards Coalition, Gray the board member of Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Gray the major soft money contributor to the Republican Party, Gray the friend of judges and justices (many of whom owe their jobs to him), to name but a few." 
Add to this the most recent of Gray's "organizations" and you come up with (see other links below) Gray, John D. Podesta and Timothy E. Wirth, connected by funding provided by R. E. Ted Turner in both the Energy Coalition Foundation (June 2003) and Energy Future Coalition (2002-3), Gray's newest media connection to Media General (May 2003), the Committee for the Republic (July 2003), and a continuous link to all things "Bush" and "corporate."
Nancy Cerrulo, Ocean Ridge, Florida, posted the following in the August 5, 2003, OPINION section of the Palm Beach Post:
- "'Note Cohen's exposure of Gray, one to be feared': Richard Cohen's column about federal appellate judge nominee [to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals] [Alabama Attorney General] William H. Pryor, Jr. ('Advertising in bad faith,' Wednesday) mentioned the ubiquitous C. Boyden Gray, the corporate lobbyist, who has been very active in pushing President [George Walker] Bush's judicial nominees. Readers may remember him from the 2000 presidential brouhaha in this state.
- "He was behind the recent ad that attempted to smear Democratic senators with the anti-Catholic brush. He was financially aided in that attempt by the first President Bush and the royal grandson, George P. Bush. They both helped raise money for this campaign.
- "Mr. Gray has been extremely active in anti-environmental causes, was active in the anti-Clinton movement, and much more can be found if you do a Google search online for his name. He and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, have teamed up against American citizens' well-being. This man should be feared; learn his name and remember it."
The March 13, 2000 issue of Business Week online provided an insight via a book review of John B. Judis's "The Paradox of American Democracy. Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of Public Trust.":
- "Even natural-born policy aristocrats such as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former White House counsel C. Boyden Gray, heir to the Reynolds tobacco fortune, have been co-opted, the author charges, presenting themselves as disinterested public servants while shilling for corporate clients. But Americans, who once trusted the elites to do right by them, have gotten wise to such shenanigans. The result: Public cynicism is at an all-time high.
- "So when self-proclaimed visionaries such as liberal elitist Bill Clinton and conservative elitist Newt Gingrich arrive on the scene, their calls for revolution end in nothing gained. Voters no longer listen. Congress is paralyzed by special interests. The '90s will be remembered as 'a decade...in which the historical pretensions of political leaders far outweighed their actual achievements.'"
According to the Citizens for a Sound Economy web site, C. Boyden Gray, Chairman of CSE, "is a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering where he focuses on a range of regulatory matters including, environmental, biotechnology, trade, clean air, and risk management. Gray served as counsel to George Herbert Walker Bush, during his terms as president and vice president. Gray also clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina Law School."
A very interesting article ran in a July 1995 issue of The New York Times -- "On My Mind - $20 Billion Thriller - a limited hangout" by Council on Foreign Relations Member A.M. Rosenthal, which included the following:
- "Members of the Council on Foreign Relations in the State Department and National Security Council planned a carefully prepared psycho-political operation to defraud the American public and enrich themselves and other Council on Foreign Relations members. It was planned and scripted by members of the Council on Foreign Relations in the state department, and on the National Security Council. This group has been carrying out similar psycho-political operations aimed at the American public since World War I.
- "C. Boyden Gray is the son of Gordon Gray, a powerful Council of Foreign Relations member, now deceased. Upon graduating law school C. Boyden Gray joined Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Many of the firms associates counsel different Government departments including the FBI and CIA. Lloyd N. Cutler counseled President James Earl Carter, Jr.; C. Boyden Gray counseled President Bush. Cutler, Carter, and Bush belong to the CFR. The OIC Iran-Contra report tells us about the character of Presidential Counsel Gray -- Gray and his colleagues advised Bush to lie.
- "In 1993 Environmental Organizations sued to compel production of an environmental impact statement on NAFTA before it was submitted to Congress. William Jefferson Clinton sided with the Environmental Organizations. A law called The National Environmental Policy Act required an environmental impact study in major Federal Actions. The Environmental Organization won. The judge ordered the study.
- "The group that lost was the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (OTR), an executive agency that advises the president. The OTR appealed. The Automobile Manufactures Association, had C. Boyden Gray file a friend of the court brief in behalf of the OTR. Gray used political connections, legal chicanery, weasel words and double talk. The OTR won the appeal. President Clinton and the American Citizen lost. NAFTA was 'fast-tracked' through congress, there was no impact study."
- "C. Boyden Gray ... Age: 53 State and Town Washington, D.C. ... Total Donated $98,044 ... Party R ... Lobbyist for Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, a firm specializing in environmental and regulatory risk management. He was White House counsel for President Bush, 1989-93. Critics claim he ghostwrote the weakened Clean Water Act for Sen. Bob Dole."
The following is a cache file from the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation web site (2001):
- "Mr. Gray advises clients on all aspects of air pollution and was one of the principal architects of the 1991 Clean Air Act Amendments. In addition to his long involvement with clean fuels and reformulated gasoline, he has extensive experience with the use of market incentives to achieve environmental goals, and he is widely credited with having triggered the Clean Air Act acid rain emissions trading system and the use of market incentives in connection with the phaseout of CFCs under the Montreal Protocol. He has had extensive experience with new drug approval procedures at the FDA. He represents clients in connection with EPA, FDA, SEC, and other regulatory agencies and Congressional legislation affecting these organic statutes. He also has had extensive experience with legislative struggles at the federal level.
- "Mr. Gray is a graduate of Harvard University (A.B. 1964, magna cum laude) and the University of North Carolina (J.D. 1968, first in class), where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the UNC Law Review. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for Chief Justice Earl Warren of the U.S. Supreme Court for a year. Mr. Gray joined WCP in 1969 and became a partner in 1976. In 1981, he left the firm to serve as Legal Counsel to Vice President George Bush. He also served as Counsel to the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief, chaired by Vice President Bush. Mr. Gray later served as Director of the Office of Transition Counsel for the Bush transition team, and as Counsel to President Bush from 1989-1993. He returned to WCP in 1993.
- "Mr. Gray currently served as Chairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy. In addition, he is a member of Harvard University's Committee on University Development, the Board of Trustees of the Washington Scholarship Fund, St. Mark's School, and National Cathedral School. He recently served on the Bush-Cheney Transition Department of Justice Advisory Committee. Mr. Gray is the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal and the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of North Carolina Law School."
- Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering, Partner
- Citizens for a Sound Economy, Board Member
- Clerk to Justice Earl Warren, U.S. Supreme Court, October Term, 1968
- Council Member, Administrative Conference of the United States, 1993-1996
- Counsel to the President of the United States, 1989-1993
- Counsel to the Vice-President of the United States, 1981-1989
- Business Profile
- I. Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering
- Defended a metals reclamation company in one of the federal government's first "multi-media" suits (RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act).
- Represented clients in several significant federal criminal prosecutions under RCRA and the Clean Water Act.
- Defended chemical manufacturers in administrative enforcement actions under TSCA.
- Served as counsel to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Liability Fund in class action litigation arising out of the Exxon Valdez and American Trader oil spills.
- Other principle areas include products liability, regulatory Law and toxic torts.
- II. Counsel to the President of the United States
- Gray was the chief architect of Bush Administration policies concerning regulatory issues.
- III. Counsel to the Vice-President of the United States
- Actively involved within the Administration on regulatory concerns.
- IV. Citizens for a Sound Economy
- Chairman, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE)
- Chairman, Alliance for Reasonable Regulation
- Chairman, Environmental Resources Trust, Inc. (1996)
- Co-Chairman, Air Quality Standards Coalition
- Co-Chairman, Atlantic Council of the United States, Risk and Reward: U.S.-EU Regulatory Cooperation on Food Safety and the Environment (November 2002) with (Co-Chair, David L. Aaron
- Trustee, The Campaign Finance Institute
- Trustee, Friends of Choice in Public Schools
- Trustee, George C. Marshall Foundation
- Trustee, Reason Foundation
- Trustee, Center for the Study of the Presidency
- Director, Center for Global Development
- Director, Resources for the Future 
- Director, Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies: "Also on the Board is C. Boyden Gray, who is a partner of a Washington law firm active in environmental and regulatory matters (on the side of business not Greenpeace), former Counsel to George Bush Snr, and a board member of Citizens for a Sound Economy (another neoconservative pressure group) together with David H. Koch of the Koch Foundation one of the prime funders of the neoconservatives."
- Director, Get America Working!
- Director, Media General (May 2003)
- Director, Progress and Freedom Foundation (PFF) (2000)
- Former Director, Climate Institute 
- Advisor, American Council for Renewable Energy
- Advisor, National Conservative Campaign Fund
- Advisor, National Legal Center for the Public Interest
- Advisor, New Uses Council
- Advisor, Regulatory Studies Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
- Advisor, World Agricultural Forum
- Scholar, American Enterprise Institute (1988-89)
- Sponsor, Committee for the Republic
- Outside Counsel/Board of Directors, DataPharm Foundation
- Steering Committee, Energy Future Coalition
- Senior Review Committee Member, Presidental Appointee Initiative (PAI) at the Brookings Institute
- Member, Committee for Justice
- Member, Energy Coalition Foundation
- Participant, Enterprise for the Environment, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
- Advisory Board, Progress for America Voter Fund
Note: Among the other members of the Atlantic Council Working Group (part of the ATUS "Program on Transatlantic Relations") for "Risk and Reward: U.S.-EU Regulatory Cooperation on Food Safety and the Environment" (November 2002) was William A. Nitze, of the Gemstar Group.
- C. Boyden Gray Biography at Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering web site.
- Photo of C. Boyden Gray.
- Clayland Boyden Gray, NameBase.org. Note that Gray is not credited with membership with the Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderberg, or Trilateral Commission.
- C. Boyden Gray articles, NonProfitWatch.org.
- Lobbyists Push Bush Judicial Nominees
- http://www.tnr.com/archive/04/041497/rosin041497.html [link deadends]
- http://www.mediatransparency.org/story.php?storyID=15 Media Transparency article on American Trucking
- Obituary of Burton C. Gray, brother to C. Boyden Gray, October 27, 1989.
- Crony Environmentalism. Report Challenges Integrity of the Environmental Defense Fund on Global Warming!, Sierra Club, September/October 1999: The Environmental Defense Fund/(EDF)'s "Environmental Resources Trust (ERT) is chaired by C. Boyden Gray, a longtime opponent of global warming treaties and of environmentalists and chair of Citizens for a Sound Economy, an industry front group that has pressured Congress not to support the Kyoto Treaty. C. Boyden Gray also has recently been a lobbyist for an electric utility that will benefit from the Chafee bill."
- Frank O'Donnell, SPECIAL REPORT: CLEAN AIR ACT UNDER SIEGE, Clean Air Trust, September 18, 2000. Timeline re role of C. Boyden Gray.
- Mollie Dickenson, HOW WHITEWATER STARTED: A Political Witchhunt the Media Misunderstood. The Whitewater Charges Originated in the Bush White House, Tom Paine, September 29, 2000: "In the final weeks of the 1992 election when the polls showed President Bush losing to Governor Clinton, the Bush White House, including White House counsel C. Boyden Gray, colluded with banking investigator L. Jean Lewis to make public a criminal referral that named the Clintons as potential 'witnesses to' and 'beneficiaries of' criminal wrongdoing in the failure of an Arkansas savings and loan."
- Note: An internet search on C. Boyden Gray brings up an endless number of Clinton White House related articles in which Gray is the source for inuendo and rumors, most totally unfounded but provided nonetheless.
- October Surprise Conspirator in Bush Jr.'s Camp, PRWeb.com, December 15, 2000: "Writing in his column, 'Behind the Scenes in the Beltway,' government whistle-blower Al Martin reminds his readers that an old October Surprise operative, C. Boyden Gray, has become part of the Bush-Cheney team in the Florida Election Fraud Fiasco.... 'Bush-Cheney's attorney and George Bush Sr.'s personal attorney, as well as presidential attorney C. Boyden Gray is the famous 'Charles Smith' of the October Surprise scandal...."
- John Hendren, Working the Microsoft wait: Partisans woo public in advance of court word, Seattle Times, June 5, 2001: "The partisans, though not Microsoft itself, have held dueling teleconferences for reporters in recent days. Microsoft opponents featured former D.C. appeals judge and Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr. Microsoft's friends offered former White House counsel C. Boyden Gray. Both are paid consultants." See UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, vs. MICROSOFT CORPORATION, Defendant. Civil Action No. 98-1232 (TPJ), May 16, 2000.
- Virginia Foxx (N.C.) for U.S. Congress, June 2003: "A big unknown is whether other candidates may join the race. The two biggest names are ex-state Rep. Lyons Gray, a cousin of former White House Counsel C. Boyden Gray..."
- Robin Toner and Neil A. Lewis, Lobbying Starts as Groups Foresee Supreme Court Vacancy, The New York Times, June 7, 2003.
- Abortion to be key for justices, The Daily Star, June 11, 2003: "Republicans, according to The New York Times, have been raising money and going over their options under the direction of former White House counsel C. Boyden Gray, the principal strategist behind Clarence Thomas' successful nomination fight in 1991."
- C. Boyden Gray, A Filibuster Without Precedent. Abe Fortas was nothing like this, Wall Street Journal Opinion, June 15, 2003.
- Ian McKinnon, Gas Industry Needs to Join Conservation Push, Oil & Gas Advisory.com, June 27, 2003. Re C. Boyden Gray and the Energy Coalition Foundation (ECF).
- The Misrepresentations of Boyden Gray and the Committee for Justice, People for the American Way, July 2003.
- Alan Murray, Manifesto Warns of Dangers Associated With an Empire, The Wall Street Journal, 15 July 2003. "An unusual manifesto is circulating through the e-mail boxes of prominent Washingtonians from an ad hoc group calling itself the Committee for the Republic." Introduction links to three other articles which include C. Boyden Gray misrepresentations.
- "A partial transcript from Hannity & Colmes, July, 29 2003", FOXNews.com: "Alan Colmes, Co-Host: 'Are some judicial nominees failing to pass the Senate because of their religious beliefs? The Committee for Justice has started an advertising campaign suggesting just that. But isn't political reality more complicated than Catholics need not apply, which is what they say in this campaign? We're joined by the chairman of the Committee for Justice, former White House counsel C. Boyden Gray. And by the president of the People for the American Way, Ralph Neas.'"
- Timothy E. Wirth, C. Boyden Gray, and John D. Podesta, The Future of Energy Policy, Foreign Affairs, July/August 2003.
- Alexander Bolton, "Conservative groups to spend over $20M on Supreme Court," The Hill, June 16, 2005: "When first founded in 2002 by former White House counsel Boyden Gray, the Committee for Justice was expected to lead other conservative groups in an anticipated battle over the next Supreme Court vacancy. It was expected to be the main repository of money raised from business groups and other Republican allies for that effort. But yesterday’s revelation of PFA’s plans makes clear that it will spend the bulk of conservative money on the Supreme Court. That is largely because Gray has raised much of the money that PFA has collected for a court showdown. Gray’s role indicates how closely the groups are working together."
- Mary Jacoby, "EU Chemicals Proposal Prompts Global Mobilization Led by U.S.," Wall Street Journal (sub req'd), June 27, 2006.
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- Hon. C. Boyden Gray The Federalist Society, accessed March 2, 2012
- Lee Fang, Bank Lobbyist-Run Front Group ‘FreedomWorks’ Tries To Trick Protesters Into Only Protesting Federal Reserve, Think Progress, October 6, 2011
- Fact Sheet, Citizens For a Sound Economy and CSE Educational Foundation, CSE, Exxon Secrets, accessed March 2, 2012
- FreedomWorks, Right Wing Watch, accessed March 2, 2012
- Shaun Courtney, Jason Spencer,Georgetown Political Donors Giving Much Less in '12, Georgetown Patch, March 7, 2012
- Lobbying Spending Database: Gray, C Boyden, 2011, Open Secrets, accessed March 12, 2012
- Super PAC Supporting Huntsman Raised $2.7 Million in 2011, Washington Wire - WSJ, accessed March 12, 2012
- Patrick Marley, Jason Stein, Four donors jointly gave Walker $1 million in recent weeks, JS Online, January 24, 2012
- Lobbying Spending Database: Gray, C Boyden, 2011, Open Secrets, accessed March 12, 2012
- Arlen William, Romney Funded by ‘Green’ Kleptocrats for Cap & Trade, Gulagbound, March 6, 2012
- Taking stock of the Koch Machine, Part II, Daily Kos, August 18, 2006
- Publicopoly Exposed (cont’d), In These Times, July 11, 2011
- Center for Risk Analysis, SPECIAL REPORT, Reform of Risk Regulation: Achieving More Protection at Less Cost, Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, 1995
- Resources for the Future Board, organizational web page, accessed October 4, 2012.